Short Everest Base Camp Trek With Heli Return in 2024-2025

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Overview

  • Duration 7 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5545m.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Everest Region
  • Best Season Spring and Autumn

Highlights

  • Scenic Flight to Lukla: Kickstart your adventure with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, soaring above majestic Himalayan landscapes.
  • Enchanting Monjo: Trek through lush forests, charming villages, and suspension bridges to reach Monjo, a serene village that marks the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Namche Bazaar Experience: Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital, where markets, teahouses, and warm smiles welcome you.
  • Awe-Inspiring Mountain Views: Enjoy breathtaking vistas of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, among others, as you ascend towards Namche.
  • Tengboche Monastery: Visit the iconic Tengboche Monastery, a spiritual haven with Everest as its backdrop, offering insights into Sherpa traditions.
  • Panoramic Rhododendron Trails: Traverse through rhododendron forests, witnessing the changing colors of the landscape in harmony with nature.
  • Dingboche Village: Explore the charming village of Dingboche, a window to local life, and savor lunch with the awe-inspiring backdrop of Ama Dablam.
  • Khumbu Glacier Encounter: Walk alongside the Khumbu Glacier, a humbling experience that connects you with the grandeur of the mountains.
  • Lobuche and Pyramid Peaks: Reach Lobuche, where the dramatic pyramid of Lobuche East captures your gaze against the evening sky.
  • Gorakshep Arrival: Arrive in Gorakshep, the last settlement before Everest Base Camp, surrounded by rocky terrain and mesmerizing mountain ranges.
  • Kalapatthar Sunrise: Witness a breathtaking sunrise from Kalapatthar, where the golden glow paints the towering Everest and neighboring peaks.
  • Helicopter Ride: Take an exhilarating helicopter ride back to Lukla, gaining a unique perspective of the trail you've conquered.
  • Memorable Aerial Views: Enjoy awe-inspiring aerial views as you fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu, reflecting on the incredible journey.
  • Sagarmatha National Park: Trek through the protected wilderness of Sagarmatha National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna.
  • Sherpa Hospitality: Experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people, engaging with their culture, lifestyle, and traditions.
  • Varied Landscapes: Walk through diverse landscapes, from alpine woods and rhododendron forests to rocky terrains and glaciers.
  • Close-up of Everest Base Camp: Reach the iconic Everest Base Camp, standing at the foot of the world's tallest peak, an achievement to cherish.
  • Everest View Hotel: Enjoy tea/coffee or some other drinks with unparalleled views at Everest View Hotel, soaking in the grandeur of Everest and its companions.
  • Panoramic Vistas: Revel in 360-degree scenic vistas from Kalapatthar, allowing you to capture the enormity of the Everest region.
  • Himalayan Wildlife: Watch for Himalayan wildlife like snow leopards, red pandas, and Himalayan tahr as you trek.
  • Local Cuisine: Savor local cuisine in teahouses along the trail, giving you a taste of authentic Himalayan flavors.
  • Fellow Interaction: Interact with fellow trekkers from around the world, sharing stories and experiences that create lasting connections.
     

Short Everest Base Camp Trek With Heli Return in 2024-2025 Video

You have many reasons that you choose shorter treks. First thing, you might not want to use lots of time spending. Secondly, you might also have already visited the place and you're going for the second time. The third reason could be you are an experienced trekker with great physical and mental fitness. In all these reasons, the short treks are always the best. In the same way, Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition has brought Short Everest Base Camp Trek Package for you. 

The short trek to Everest Base Camp will run for 7 days. This trek has one more upside to it, you don't have to return the same way back to Lukla on foot. We will provide a helicopter flight back up to Lukla. And from there the same Lukla flight will bring you back to Kathmandu.

There are many other ways to reach Everest Base Camp. You can reach Gokyo Lakes and reach the spot. You can also do some peak climbing like Mera Peak or Island Peak. Even you can choose Three High Passes or Two High Passes Treks along with this trip. These treks are quite famous alongside the base camp trekking because of their views and durations. And if you don't want to enroll up to base camp, then choose Short Everest View Trek that just goes up to Namche. And from here you will witness the best view of Mount Everest.

Your adventure will begin in Lukla and within 6 days you can reach Everest Base Camp. But you need to be greatly fit for this trek because it avoids any day of acclimatization. Usually, in the case of 12 days of trekking, there are two acclimatization stops; one in Namche and one in Dingboche. However, as we have less time and choosing this trek is only preferred by experienced trekkers, acclimatization is avoided. So, now let's look at what the trek generally will look like.

Your first day will begin with the flight to Lukla early in the morning from Kathmandu. However, sometimes the flight from Kathmandu are not available due to several reasons. But don't worry. We can drive to Manthali from Kathmandu, early in the morning and then catch a Lukla flight from there. Once you reach Lukla, we will have a light lunch and start our hike to our day's first stop Monjo (2,835m./9,301ft.).

Monjo is also the site from where you need to have a permit for the trek. From here, the Everest region starts. You will enter Sagarmatha National Park as well as Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality from Monjo. So, your guide will buy you permits for both Park and Rural Municipality. We will rest our day here in Monjo.

The second stop is Namche on the second day. On this day you will not have to walk a lot. 3-4 hours of trekking will get you to the "Gateway of Everest", Namche. Before reaching Namche, there is a stop where you will rest for a while. And guess what? Actually, the first spotting of Mount Everest will be done from this viewpoint. And we ensure that you will never forget this.

The third day will be quite longer. On this day we reach Tengboche. This place is quite famous for its Buddhist Monastery at the highest altitude in the world. The next day we hike towards Dingboche. Dingboche has really less hotels. So, in the peak seasons, you might have problems even getting rooms. So, better be prepared to sleep in tents, too. Now from Dingboche, our elevation is slowly gained. As we reach above 4,400 meters (14,435ft.). On our fifth day, we trek to Lobuche which lies at 4,940 meters (16,207ft.). From this region, you will rarely spot any plants that are higher or green. The wind is also quite fast here, and even low oxygen levels. You will, however, spot fewer hotels to stay at. 

Our next stop is Gorakshep which is the last residential area in the highest altitude of the Everest region. Gorakshep sits at (5,364m./17,598ft.). Once we reach here from Lobuche, we will have a short hike to Everest Base Camp walking along the Khumbu Glacier. The Everest Base Camp keeps on changing several times due to Climate Change which is affecting the Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier that flows from it. However, you can easily get to the base camp on whose lamp the roof of the World sits. On the final day of the trek, you hike early in the morning to Kalapathhar (5,545m./18192ft.) and experience a beautiful sunrise rising from the side of Mount Everest. This view, we guarantee you that you will never forget in your 7 lifetimes.

After this journey, we head back to Gorakshep. As soon as the helicopter arrives to pick you up, we will head back to Lukla. In Lukla, our flight waits for us to get to Kathmandu. While returning, you will take enough time to recall all the memories and funs you had throughout the trip.

What to Expect in Short Everest Base Camp Trek?

Embarking on this trek isn't just a physical journey; it's a voyage of cultural immersion, personal growth, and awe-inspiring landscapes. This adventure promises to be more than just ticking a destination off your list – it's about creating a tapestry of unforgettable experiences that you'll carry with you long after the journey ends.

Imagine the exhilaration of turning your long-cherished dreams into tangible accomplishments. Trekking to Everest Base Camp isn't just an adventure. It's a significant milestone that will be etched in your memories forever.

You can learn about the intricate tapestry of Sherpa culture as you embark on the trip. This journey isn't just a path to a destination; it's an invitation to partake in captivating experiences within the Sherpa community.

Throughout your trek through the Himalayas, you'll have the opportunity to engage in conversations with Sherpa elders. Through these interactions, you'll uncover the profound wisdom ingrained in their cherished traditions. These customs reveal the enduring stories of a rich heritage that spans generations.

Additionally, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the melodious charm of the Sherpa language. This linguistic exploration offers insight into the region's diverse cultural influences. As you engage with the cadence of their speech, you'll unravel the layers of history and shared experiences that define their community.

Participating in the vibrant celebrations that punctuate Sherpa's life will be another highlight of your journey. From the spirited dances of Mani Rimdu to the solemnity of the Dumji festival, you'll witness expressions of the Sherpa's deep spiritual devotion and festive exuberance.

Furthermore, you'll have the opportunity to delve into the legacy of Sherpa mountaineering legends. The tale of Mr. Tenzing Norgay, who played a pivotal role in conquering Everest. The trek will resonate with you as you tread the same paths he once did. The mountains themselves hold the echoes of these courageous endeavors.

Additionally, the laughter and inquisitiveness of Sherpa children will undoubtedly capture your heart. Their radiant smiles embody the promise and potential of the Khumbu region's future. Their innocence serves as a reminder of the shared humanity that unites us all.

As you explore, you'll uncover the intricate threads of Sherpa culture, including their history, language, and the profound sense of community that defines their way of life. This adventure isn't just about embarking on a trek; it's an opportunity to become an integral part of a living narrative that flourishes amidst the grandeur of the Himalayas.

As you embark on this journey, the Sherpas become your trekking buddies. They're not just there to show you the way; they are also incredible at carrying heavy things, leading the trek with their smart knowledge, and always welcoming you with a warm smile. Their presence adds an extra layer of excitement to the journey, ensuring that you have skilled hands and friendly faces to rely on every step of the way.

Throughout the trek, it's like entering a land of magic. When it's chilly, and you feel a shiver, just think about being here. Imagine when you breathe out, you can see your breath in the cold air, just like a little cloud you make.

Think about looking at Mount Everest, which is the tallest mountain in the world and goes up to 29,031 feet (8,848.86 meters). Then there's Lhotse, another huge mountain standing at 27,940 feet (8,516 meters). And don't forget Makalu, which is 27,838 feet (that's about 8,485 meters) tall. All these mountains together create a view that's really amazing and makes you feel very small.

In this cold place, when you look at these tall mountains, you might feel amazed and peaceful. The cold air you breathe out looks like a cloud, adding to the magic. Remembering this special scene will stay in your heart, making you feel connected to these gigantic mountains and the incredible world they make.

Moreover, get ready to meet the local children – their faces light up with such happiness that it's impossible not to feel cheerful too! These youngsters are like the shining stars of the Khumbu region's future. Their laughter and joy sprinkle an extra dose of happiness onto your adventure, making every step of the journey even more delightful.

You'll also have the chance to visit the iconic Tengboche Monastery. It is a place of spiritual solace nestled amidst the majestic mountains. As you step inside, you'll feel a sense of tranquility that comes from being in such a remarkable and serene location.

Even, your eyes will feast upon the awe-inspiring sight of towering mountains and gleaming glaciers. For instance, you'll behold the magnificence of Mount Ama Dablam standing tall at an elevation of around 6,812 meters (22,349 feet). Nearby, the graceful form of Mount Thamserku rises to approximately 6,623 meters (21,729 feet). Also, marvel at the splendor of Kangtega with an elevation of about 6,685 meters (21,929 feet). Each of these natural wonders has its own unique name and altitude, a testament to the incredible diversity and grandeur of the natural world that envelops you.

When you venture into the Everest region, you'll also encounter a rich tapestry of flora and fauna that call this rugged terrain home. The diverse ecosystem here is a marvel to explore.

Flora: Among the lush forests and alpine meadows, you'll find a variety of plant life. Keep an eye out for the vibrant rhododendron, Nepal's national flower, which blooms in shades of red, pink, and white during spring. Another highlight is the blue poppy, a strikingly rare and beautiful flower that's a true gem of this region. Look for the delicate edelweiss too, adding a touch of elegance to the landscape.

Fauna: As you journey through the Everest region, be on the lookout for some remarkable wildlife. Spot the elusive snow leopard, a magnificent predator adapted to the harsh mountain environment. The Himalayan tahr, a stocky herbivore with curved horns, often grazes along the rocky slopes. In the skies above, you might catch a glimpse of the Himalayan monal, a splendidly colorful pheasant that's also the national bird of Nepal.

The region is also home to the playful Himalayan marmots, who love to pop out of their burrows and curiously observe passersby. The red panda, a charismatic and endangered species, occasionally makes appearances, although spotting one is a true rarity.

Best Time for Short Everest Base Camp Trek

Two seasons stand out as the best times to go. These seasons offer the ideal weather and conditions for an unforgettable trekking experience. Both spring and autumn present you with excellent opportunities to explore the Everest region at its finest. Whether you choose the blossoming beauty of spring or the clear, crisp days of autumn, you're in for an adventure that will leave you with memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Spring (February to May)

During spring, the Everest region comes to life with vibrant colors and pleasant temperatures. The air is crisp and clear, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. The rhododendron forests burst into a riot of hues, creating a picturesque setting for your trek. The weather is mild, making it comfortable to explore the trails, and the chances of clear skies are high. Spring is not only a treat for your eyes but also a time when the trails are adorned with blossoms and the promise of new beginnings.

Autumn (September to December)

Another fantastic window for this trip is during autumn. The weather is stable, and the skies are typically clear, providing unobstructed views of the towering peaks. The air is crisp and refreshing, making your trek enjoyable and the scenery even more stunning. The trails are generally dry, and the temperatures are moderate, ensuring a comfortable journey. Autumn is also the time when many trekking enthusiasts venture to the region, adding a vibrant energy to the experience.

Short Everest Base Camp Trekking Route

The Short Everest Base Camp Trek follows a thrilling path that combines air travel and trekking to take you to the base of the world's tallest mountain. Here's how your journey unfolds:

Step 1: Kathmandu to Lukla Flight 

Your adventure begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. As you soar over the valleys and mountains, you'll get a taste of the incredible landscapes that await you. The Lukla airstrip is nestled amidst the hills, providing a unique landing experience.

Step 2: Trek to Everest Base Camp 

From Lukla, your trekking journey kicks off. You'll traverse picturesque trails, passing through charming villages, rhododendron forests, and winding rivers. Each step brings you closer to the legendary Everest Base Camp. The path offers stunning views and a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Step 3: Reach Everest Base Camp 

Arriving at Everest Base Camp is an achievement in itself. Surrounded by towering peaks, you'll stand at the foot of the world's highest mountain. The sheer magnitude of the landscape is awe-inspiring and humbling.

Step 4: Helicopter Flight to Lukla 

To add a touch of luxury and speed, your return to Lukla from Everest Base Camp is via helicopter. This exhilarating flight provides a bird's-eye view of the rugged terrain you've traversed, offering a fitting finale to your adventure.

After soaking in the grandeur of Everest Base Camp, you'll retrace your steps to Lukla. The journey back allows you to relish the breathtaking scenery from a different perspective.

Step 6: Lukla to Kathmandu Flight

After this you reach Lukla, and you fly back to Kathmandu on the Lukla Flight again.

Short Everest Base Camp Trek: Is It Right for Me?

In a nutshell, if you're physically fit, mentally prepared for high-altitude challenges, and open to managing the added cost of the helicopter flight, choose this trip. The trek could offer you an exhilarating and rewarding adventure amidst the Himalayan giants.

Embarking on the Short Everest Base Camp Trek requires a certain level of physical and mental strength. If you're someone who is in good shape and feels confident about taking on challenging trails, this trek might be a great match for you.

Keep in mind that this trek doesn't include extra acclimatization days in places like Namche and Dingboche, so being experienced in high-altitude trekking is important. These adjustments in the itinerary demand resilience and a good understanding of how your body responds to altitude.

Additionally, consider the cost factor. The inclusion of a helicopter flight for the return journey to Lukla adds a unique touch to the experience. But it's essential to factor in this cost when planning your trip. 

Preparing for Short Everest Base Camp Trek

Here's what you need to consider as you get ready for this adventure:

Physical Fitness: The trek involves challenging trails and high altitudes. Building your physical endurance through regular exercise, including hiking and cardio workouts, will help you tackle the demanding terrain.

Altitude Acclimatization: As this trek doesn't include extra acclimatization days, being familiar with high altitudes is crucial. If possible, gain experience in similar environments before taking on this journey.

Mental Readiness: Prepare yourself mentally for the ups and downs of the trek. A positive mindset and determination will play a significant role in your journey's success.

Gear and Clothing: Pack appropriately for changing weather conditions. Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, comfortable clothing, layers for warmth, a good-quality sleeping bag, and a waterproof jacket.

Personal Essentials: Carry personal medications, toiletries, and items that ensure your comfort during the trek.

Cost Considerations: Be aware of the added cost of the helicopter flight for the return journey. Factor this into your budget to avoid any surprises.

Training: If you're new to trekking, consider undertaking training programs that help you understand the challenges and techniques needed for high-altitude trekking.

Health Check: Consult a medical professional before your trek to ensure you're fit for the journey and discuss any specific health considerations.
Permits and Documentation: Ensure you have the required permits and necessary documents for the trek.

Booking, Payment, and Cancellation Policy

Embarking on the short Everest Base Camp Trek with Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expeditions promises an unforgettable journey. To secure your spot, early booking is vital. Typically, a 20% deposit of the total trek cost, along with a copy of your Passport, is needed. The remaining payment can be settled at our office a day before your trek begins. You can pay in cash, card, online transfer, or bank transfer. Please note that card payments include a 4% bank charge.

Completing Your Payment

Following your initial booking, ensure you make the full payment before your trek starts in Kathmandu. After we receive your payment, we'll provide all the essential documents and confirmations for your trek.

Payment methods include cash, card, online transfer, or bank transfer. If you choose card payment, remember there's a 4% bank charge.
Cancellation and Refund Policy

We understand travel plans can change. Here's our cancellation and refund policy:

  • The 20% deposit is non-refundable even if you cancel. Rescheduling the trip is an option.
  • If you cancel 20 days before the trek, 50% is refundable.
  • Cancellation 7 days before the trek means no refund.

In case of trek cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances like, weather problems, or trip cancellation by the company, we'll refund your entire deposit.

Note: If you need to extend or transfer your trek, we're here to assist at no extra charge.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

For potential flight delays or cancellations, have some extra local currency to cover additional hotel and food costs during extended stays.
We're committed to making your trek experience smooth and enjoyable. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance.

Book Your Trip

You can book this trip directly from here. Or contact us through:

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Itinerary

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With an early morning departure from Kathmandu, we'll take a scenic flight to Lukla, offering captivating glimpses of the Himalayan giants. As we land at the Lukla airstrip, the adventure truly begins.

Our trek leads us through lush forests, charming villages, and enchanting suspension bridges. The Dudh Kosi River accompanies our journey, its gurgling waters creating a soothing backdrop. A nourishing breakfast in Lukla fuels our day as we hike toward Monjo. With each step, the Himalayas seem to draw closer, promising a spectacular experience ahead.

Leaving Monjo, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park, where wildlife like the Himalayan tahr and colorful pheasants grace the trail. The route ascends gradually, presenting picture-perfect vistas of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

In Namche Bazaar, the heart of Sherpa culture, you'll find vibrant markets, cozy teahouses, and smiling locals. Breakfast amidst this lively town fills you with energy for the journey ahead. The path meanders through alpine woods, and a charming suspension bridge leads us to our destination. Namche's cultural richness and mountain vistas offer an experience worth cherishing.

Starting the day with breakfast in Namche, we resume our trek towards Tengboche. The trail unfolds amidst rhododendron forests and pristine landscapes, an enchanting display of colors and textures. We pass by quaint hamlets, offering a glimpse into the Sherpa way of life.

Tengboche Monastery, with Everest as its backdrop, beckons. The tranquility of the monastery, along with its spiritual vibes, makes it an ideal rest stop for lunch. As the sun sets, the mountains bathe in a golden glow, casting a spellbinding aura over the landscape. A peaceful night's rest in Tengboche is a prelude to more mountain adventures.

A nourishing breakfast in Tengboche prepares us for another day of trekking. The trail unfolds through serene landscapes, with stunning mountain panoramas dominating the horizon. The welcoming village of Dingboche, our destination, provides a unique insight into the local lifestyle.

As you enjoy lunch, the towering peaks of Ama Dablam and Island Peak grace your view. The vistas are awe-inspiring, offering an authentic Himalayan experience. Resting in Dingboche, you'll feel the cool mountain breeze, a reminder of the pristine beauty that surrounds you.

From Dingboche, we set off towards Lobuche, the next stop on our journey. The trail ascends gradually, revealing breathtaking mountain views. Lunch at Thukla offers a chance to refuel amidst the tranquil surroundings.

As we trek further, the Khumbu Glacier welcomes us, a sight that awes and humbles. Arriving in Lobuche, we're greeted by the majestic pyramid of Lobuche East. The evening sky paints a stunning canvas, and a night's rest in this high-altitude hamlet prepares us for more mountain marvels.

Our journey leads us from Lobuche to Gorakshep, the last settlement before Everest Base Camp. The terrain becomes rocky as we tread the path to our destination. The dramatic landscapes, with mountain, range all around, create an otherworldly atmosphere.

Upon reaching Gorakshep, you'll be captivated by the surrounding peaks. A hearty lunch fuels us for the afternoon, as we prepare for the ultimate highlight of our adventure – Everest Base Camp.

An early morning hike to Kalapatthar offers the pinnacle of panoramic views. The sun rising over Everest and its neighboring peaks is a sight to behold. After breakfast, we take an exhilarating helicopter ride back to Lukla. The aerial perspective showcases the route we've trekked.

From Lukla, we board a flight back to Kathmandu, a perfect time to reflect on the remarkable journey you've experienced. The Short Everest Base Camp Trek is not just a trek; it's an immersion into the heart of the Himalayas, a journey of a lifetime.

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Trip Map

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Cost Details

Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle (Both domestic and international)
  • Comfortable private vehicles for ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin-sharing room for lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Gorakshep-Lukla Helicopter Flight
  • One highly experienced, helpful, Government Licensed and High-Altitude Trained Guide
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment.
  • Accident insurance for all staff
  • Trekking map, trekking hat, duffel bag, trekking pole, sleeping bag.
  • Trip achievement certificate (Upon completion of the trek)
  • First aid kit, oximeter for checking pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate at higher altitude
  • Entry Permit for Sagarmatha National Park, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Fee, and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card Fee (Required: 2 passport size photos)
  • $20 - Local Government Tax
  • Assistance with rescue and evacuation (Insurance is required for evacuation)

Excluded

  • Personal travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Visa Fee upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu)
  • Snacks/drinks and other personal expenses
  • Extra porter (If required) - 25 USD/day
  • Hot showers on the trail
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Internet and phone calls 
  • Gratuity and tips for team members

Departure Dates

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Useful Info

Permits and Guides for Short Everest Base Camp Trekking

Permits

Embarking on the Short Everest Base Camp Trek requires two permits, which you can easily obtain at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo. These permits include the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit.

The good news is that our Everest Base Camp trek price covers the fees for both permits. You won't need to worry about any extra expenses, and our dedicated team takes care of securing the permits on your behalf, making your journey incredibly hassle-free.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit: NPR 2000 + VAT 13%
Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit: NPR 3000 + VAT 13%

Guides

In the past, solo trekking to Everest Base Camp was allowed, but since 2023, the rules have changed. No traveler can trek solo in Nepal, including the Everest Base Camp route. Having guides is now mandatory to ensure your safety and a smooth journey.

Guides play a vital role in securing suitable accommodations, delicious meals, and a seamless travel experience in the region. By having a guide, you minimize the risk of potential scams and ensure your journey is secure and comfortable.

Choosing Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition ensures you'll have the best-trained and experienced guides. Our guides are certified with Government-assigned Guide Licenses and have received specialized High-Altitude Training and First Aid certification. This means you're in safe hands, even in challenging conditions during your trek.

The best part is that you won't incur any extra charges for our guides. The cost of your guide is already included in your Trekking Cost, offering you peace of mind and a well-supported trekking experience.

Short Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The Short Everest Base Camp Trek presents a wonderful blend of beauty and adventure, but it does come with its fair share of challenges that you need to be aware of before embarking on this journey.

Altitude variation is one of the foremost challenges you'll face. The highest point of the trek is the iconic Everest Base Camp itself, towering at an elevation of around 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) above sea level. As you ascend to these heights, the air becomes thinner, and altitude-related symptoms might manifest, requiring careful acclimatization.

The physical endurance required for the trek should not be underestimated. The total distance covered during the round trip is approximately 65 kilometers (40 miles). Throughout this journey, you'll traverse a range of terrains, from relatively easier paths to steeper sections, which might include rocky trails and even areas covered in snow.

Unlike some longer treks, the Short Everest Base Camp Trek doesn't allocate additional acclimatization days in places like Namche and Dingboche. This means that being well-acquainted with high altitudes is crucial for your comfort and safety.

Weather fluctuations are another challenge you should prepare for. Temperatures can change drastically, with daytime highs at the Everest Base Camp hovering around 10°C (50°F), while nighttime temperatures can plummet as low as -15°C (5°F).

Maintaining a reasonable level of physical fitness is highly recommended. While you don't need to be a professional athlete, regular cardiovascular exercises and some strength training can greatly aid in handling the demands of the trek.

The mental aspect of the journey is equally significant. Trekking involves long days and varying conditions, requiring mental stamina and a positive attitude to overcome obstacles and cherish the high points.

Having an experienced support team including knowledgeable guides is indispensable. They not only ensure your safety but also provide valuable insights and assistance throughout the trek.

FAQs

  • Q1. Is Lukla flight safe?

    Yes, Lukla's flight is completely safe. There are twin-otter airplanes to Lukla. However, the Lukla Airport runway being so short, is considered to be the most dangerous airport in the world.

  • For foreigners in Nepal, Passport and ID photos are required to get permits and other documentation for Everest Base Camp Trek. For Nepali, their citizenship and ID photos will work fine.

  • No, you cannot solo trek to Everest Base Camp. Since 2023, the Nepal Government doesn't allow solo treks to EBC, so you'll need to join a group or hire a guide.

    Many trekkers often experience altitude sickness and need evacuation. Plus, it's easy to lose your way if you wander off the main trail. So, getting a guide or joining a group is the best option.
     

  • Yes, the Everest Base Camp is crowded in the peak seasons (Spring and Autumn). Every season, 30,000 to 40,000 adventurers take on this journey. In the busiest times, up to 500 trekkers start their journey daily.

  • If you often hit the gym, swim, run, or train physically, you're well-fit for the Everest Base Camp Trek. But if you're not active, you should walk 4 to 7 kilometers every day at least for 3 months before starting the trek.

  • From either Salleri or Lukla, 95% of trekkers successfully reach Everest Base Camp. The trek to Everest Base Camp takes anywhere from 12 to 15 days to finish.

  • On the trek, porters can carry up to 15kg (33 lbs) of your main pack. Just be careful not to overbuy in Namche. It's a good idea to have an extra bag to leave gear in Kathmandu that you won't need for the trek. Typically, the plane also allows luggage up to 15kg (33 lbs).

  • The Everest Base Camp trek is generally safe and enjoyable, even with the risks of high-altitude sickness or unexpected natural events. Regardless of potential altitude challenges, the trek suits all travelers, depending on the time they can set aside for rest and acclimatization.

  • Yes, you can exchange your money in Namche Bazaar. There are money exchange companies like Western Union and IME are available. Even there are few banks in Lukla and Namche Bazaar that do the money exchange. But the exchange rate is so low in those places. So, it is better to exchange the currencies in Kathmandu.

  • Yes, you can use card payment in Everest Region up to Namche only. The more you elevate the hotels usually prefer cash payments. So, it is more advisable to use cash.

  • Yes, you can sleep at Everest Base Camp during the expedition time only. But the package itineraries will have accommodations in Gorakshep. You will have to pay separately to sleep in the base camp. The Everest Base Camp location usually keeps on changing every year due to weather and climate change issues. But it is completely safe to sleep in a tent there.

  • The Lukla flight limits you to carry a weight of up to 15 kg (33 lbs.). This weight is divided into 10kg of luggage and 5 kg of hand carry.

  • Yes, you can smoke as well as drink on the trek. But it is not advisable for your health as you cannot safely elevate to higher altitudes by drinking and smoking.

  • Yes, you can hire a guide as well as a porter in Lukla. Usually, the porters are only hired in Lukla. However, we recommend you to hire a guide from your tour operator in Kathmandu.

  • Yes, the helicopter can take you back to Lukla. This is usually chosen by trekkers because the return route on the trek is the same as the elevation.

  • There are 3-start up to 5-star hotels up to Everest View Hotel in the Everest trek. However, at higher altitudes, there are fewer hotels. In peak seasons, there are tents made available by the hotels in case rooms are not vacant. However, you can also get sharing rooms at higher altitudes.

  • You can see the first view of Everest during the EBC trek on the second day of your trek. This is when you hike towards Namche from Phakding. There is a resting point in the middle. From there you can visualize Everest for the first time during the trek.

  • Yes, there are hot showers available in the EBC. You need to pay an extra charge to the hotels to take hot showers.

  • Usually, you don't need an oxygen cylinder for the EBC trek. But when your oxygen level is so low, then in that case only, oxygen is made available for you. Actually, the oxygen cylinders are for the Everest Climbers.

  • Yes, Everest base camp trekking is 100% worth it. You get all the time to unwind and immerse yourself in the Himalayas. The views are sensational and worth all the long, tough walk for more than 10 days. You get to learn about the Himalayas and the natives.

  • The major health issue that can occur is altitude sickness. To avoid this problem, you have to drink lots of water. You should carry an effective medicine called Diamox and have it immediately after the attack. We will provide the guides and helpers who are experienced and trained to take different kinds of precautions and safety measures in this kind of situation. If your condition becomes severe, you will be taken 300m downward from your current position. From there, you can trek again in substitute time according to the rate of your body recovery.

  • There are a few internet cafes in Lukla, Namache and a few villages up to Gorak Shep. They are affordable but not completely reliable. You can connect with yours relatives through satellite phones. Some tea house offer satellite or wired phone service. Just point the device mostly east. It is an easy and inexpensive way to letting those back home know where you are and you are ok.

    Mobile phone service is available with a Nepal Cell phone company SIM card. They work perfectly well even outside the cities. However, as you go higher, you will lose the strength of the network or have no network at all.

  • Everest base camp trek difficulty is moderate to tough. The trail has lots of ascents and descents through rough, steep paths. You go above 5,500 meters and travel in a very remote area.

  • Yes, a beginner can do Everest base camp trekking. You have to be well prepared for the trek. Build walking habits and work on your stamina. Papackul all the essentials and meet us on a given date in Kathmandu. We'll take care of everything else in Nepal.

  • Usually, the Everest base camp cost begins at USD 1400 and goes above your itinerary and services. You need additional money for international flights, tipping, travel insurance, visa, personal expenses, and emergency funds.

  • From Lukla, you'll reach Everest base camp after eight days of walking. The Everest base camp itinerary is usually 14 days or 15 days. You can add a side trip to Gokyo Lakes or one of the high passes if you have time to trek more.

  • Yes, the Everest base camp trek is safe. You trek with an experienced guide and porter. In case of any emergency, they will help you and take care of you. While our professional team arranges all the things for your journey in Nepal, so you'll have a safe trip overall.

  • Yes, you can take a helicopter to the Everest base camp. However, landing a helicopter at EBC can be difficult because of inadequate space. If you are on a helicopter tour, you land at Kala Patthar, which offers better views.

  • Yes, you can bring along your electronic devices with you. However, not all devices can survive the extreme change in temperature and pressure. Digital Cameras are free of danger. If you have a laptop, make sure it is well-packed and shielded.

  • Yes, the teahouses have charging plug points. Most of these plugs are powered by solar and are pretty useless during cloudy days. Charging your electronic devices will cost you some money, especially at higher elevations. Carry along spare batteries for your camera. There is a lack of constant electrical supply in Nepal. You may not always get to charge your devices during the power cut time.

  • Walking to Everest Base Camp is not that hard if you are physically fit and have trained well. However, the altitude up to 5,644 meters (18517ft.) can get you mountain sickness and other health issues. But the trained people do not feel quite hard trekking to Everest Base Camp as there are plenty of spaces for resting and having talks with fellow travelers.

  • The standard hike to Everest Base Camp takes 12 days to complete. It will start from Kathmandu, where you will be hiking for continuous 8 days till Everest Base Camp. Then it will take exactly 4 days to get down to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu.

  • Usually, the cost of Everest Base Camp Trek ranges from $1400 reaching up to even $3000. This expensiveness depends upon the package you choose and your own extra expenses. The tour operator generally will charge you $1400-$2000.

  • As EBC is not the most difficult trek in the world, obviously, beginners can do it. But make sure you get trained both physically and mentally before starting the journey.

  • You actually do not climb to Everest Base Camp; you walk. Yes, the normal person can simply trek to Everest Base Camp with proper training and physical fitness. You will trail along the hills first and then the mountain paths all along.

  • A healthy individual aging from 10 years to 70 years with good physical and mental fitness can involve in the EBC trek.

  • Everest Base Camp sits about 200-300 km from Kathmandu. A plane ride to Lukla takes roughly 35-40 minutes. From Lukla, it's a 65 km trek to EBC, requiring around 7-8 hours of walking each day.

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